Vertical distribution of soil mites (Acari) in Dalaman (Muğla prov.-Turkey)Abstract : In this study, the vertical distributions of soil mites were investigated at five sampling areas. In the sampling areas 3277 individuals belonging to four orders were obtained. The amount of the orders are as follows: 83.5% Oribatida, 13.9% Gamasida, 2.2% Actinedida, 0.4% Acaridida. It was determined that the maximum population density was in the litter (34%) and the minimum population density was at the depth of 10-15cm (14%). The soil mites abundance and seasonal differences (P<0.001), depth (P<0.001), different plant species (P<0.001) were statistically significant. These results are discussed and recommendations for future work are proposed.